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Build your own emergency bag
Build your own emergency bag

Can’t find the exact kit you want? Don’t want to pay for stuff you already have or don’t need? Build your own customized emergency bag!

The contents of your emergency kit are important, and we feel it’s worth the time to consider each item individually. We’ve put together a list of the things we think are good candidates for an emergency bag, with options at different price ranges. These items have been tested and we stand by them. As with all our products, if you decide you don’t like something, you can return it for a full refund within 30 days if unused and in original packaging. All items are optional – select, deselect, or change whatever you like, and we’ll ship it to you for free.

10% discount on orders over 100$!

Portland Bureau of Emergency Management Neighbor Emergency Teams logo  Includes items for CERTS/Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NET).

Build your own emergency bag by selecting items below, which are broken into helpful categories and explained. Further information on any individual item can be obtained by clicking it, which will take you to the individual product page in the store.
Backpacks and bags

Tactical backpack

Tactical Backpack

This rugged, versatile backpack comes in medium or large, to carry everything you need. It’s square shape makes it a bit less comfortable to carry long distances, but makes up for it in accessibility and organization.  2 separate internal compartments, one large with full zipper (3 sides) so it can be completely opened, which is great for finding items quickly. 2nd internal compartment also has long, 3/4 zipper, and there are two front pockets for smaller items. Comes with plenty of molle straps for clipping or attaching items. Fully adjustable shoulder straps.

Comes in two sizes: Medium, approx. 19″ x 10.5″ x 10.5″ and Large, approx. 21″ x 12″ x 12″.

$35.00$45.00
Drawstring backpack

Drawstring Backpack

An inexpensive option for smaller kits. Heavy-duty, waterproof drawstring backpack with Portland Earthquake Kits logo, thick string, size 15.75″ by 11.8″. This bag is small enough to fit under a car seat, or in a desk drawer, or in a larger commuter bag.

If you upgrade to a bigger backpack later, you can stow this as an extra bag for things you want to bring with you from the office, or store under your bed as a bedroom bag.

$5.00

Portable water

Emergency water

Emergency water pouches

Emergency water pouches, single servings of 125 ml each with no expiration date. (Recommended to replace after 5 years)

$1.00
Life Straw filter

LifeStraw Water Filter

If you run out of bottled water and have to drink water that you find, the LifeStraw microbiological filter will filter out bacteria, parasites, microplastics, chlorine, and organic chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, etc.) Filters 1,000 gallons (4,000 liters), enough drinking water for an individual for over 5 years. (Does NOT take replacement filters.) This is a great emergency option if you believe you will have access to water that may not be safe to drink, such as from streams or puddles of rainwater. You will want to have a container to collect the water before using, otherwise you will have to lean down close to the water with your face. You may want to consider adding a basic water bottle, or purchasing the LifeStraw Go which comes with a water bottle.

$20.00
LifeStraw water bottle with filter

LifeStraw Go Water Bottle

BPA-free water bottle with the LifeStraw microbiological filter included. If you need to drink from a water source that you suspect is not clean, you can fill this water bottle and drink straight from the nozzle to get filtered water immediately. This costs more than the LifeStraw Filter, but makes it much easier to collect water and drink it. However, note that the filter takes up space inside the bottle, meaning that there is less capacity for storing water: only 650ml. This item is ideal if you know you will be near a water source; otherwise, consider including a second water bottle or throwing some pouches in, as you will almost certainly want more water after a disaster.

Includes a biological filter with a 5 year lifetime and a carbon filter that is good for 25 gallons of water. Water can still be filtered after 25 gallons, but the effectiveness of the carbon decreases, which may affect the taste of the water. Consider picking up replacement filters if you think you will be using this for a long time.

$40.00
LifeStraw filter replacements

LifeStraw Carbon Filter Replacements (2)

Replacement carbon filters for Life Straw Go Bottle. Each filter, including the one in LifeStrawGo, lasts for up to 25 gallons of water. If you think you might be filtering water for an extended period of time after an emergency, consider picking up some replacement filters. Protects against chlorine, organic chemical matter, and sand, dirt, cloudiness for improved taste, includes 2 carbon filters.

$10.00
Nalgene Water Bottle

Nalgene Water Bottle

Basic water bottle, 1 quart. Made of HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene), wide mouth for easy cleaning or filling with ice. Filling your own water bottle is cheaper than buying emergency water pouches, but you should replace the water at least every year as there will be some amount of leaching. This can be also combined with a Life Straw for a cheaper option than the Life Straw Bottle, and holds more water as there is no water displacement from the filter.

$9.00
Water purification tablets

Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets

A easy-to-use water purification solution in the form of an iodine based tablet. One bottle contains 50 tablets and will purify 25 to 50 quarts of water, depending on source of water. Note that these tablets work against bacteria but not chemicals, heavy metals, or other toxins that might have contaminated water sources such as rivers after a disaster.

$8.50

Health and sanitation

Trauma Kit

Trauma/First Aid Kit

Combination first aid and trauma kit for injuries that could include heavy bleeding. Comes with easy-to-read Instruction Sheet.

Our kits include ample first aid supplies, and are designed specifically for bleeding injuries in a mass casualty scenario such as a major earthquake or active shooter incident. An effective and easy-to-use SWAT-T tourniquet is included with instructions, and a SWAT-T Instructional Video can be found in the kit description.

This comprehensive, custom kit is highly recommended for both home kits and emergency bags. After testing numerous commercial kits that we found unsatisfactory or light on materials, we developed this one ourselves with help from local paramedics and military field specialists who train medics. Keep in mind that after a disaster, first aid supplies will be quickly consumed and you may have to attend to more serious injuries than you like because there won’t be any 911 service or ambulances for a while.

$50.00
Small First Aid Kit

Basic First Aid Kit

Our basic, small first aid kit for attending bleeding injuries. It contains sufficient bandaging material to cover a single major (non-arterial) bleeding injury as well as a selection of different sized band aids and bandages. Comes with easy-to-read Instruction Sheet with pointers for dealing with serious wounds or multiple victims.

Kit consists entirely of bandaging materials and is designed for office or city use (not wilderness). If you need a more comprehensive first aid kit, we recommend you purchase our Trauma Kit instead, or in conjunction with these smaller kits which can be used as bandage supplements.

See kit description for contents and details.
Stop the Bleed website

$14.00
5 toilet bags

Heavy-Duty Toilet Bags (5)

5 Environmentally friendly, extra-strength .85 mil, 13 gallon Super Hexane waste bags made by Evolution Bags out of 100% recycled materials. After an earthquake, all solid human waste will need to be bagged and disposed of in accordance with instructions from local authorities. Consider that flush toilets connected to city sewer systems may not be operable for over a year, and there will be little water to clean anything (see chart at the bottom of our home page). All earthquake kits should include plastic bags big enough to poop into and toilet paper.

Super Hexane trash bags are among the strongest and most puncture resistant on the market. These 13 gallon bags can be conveniently used to line any empty toilet bowl (under the seat), used with a bucket toilet, or simply laid on the ground, with enough room to easily tie afterward and double back over for “double-bagging” protection.

$2.00
60 toilet bags

Heavy-Duty Toilet Bags (60)

If you want to keep your bag light, just throw a few in, and keep the rest at your home. 60 may seem like a lot, but keeping our environment clean and germ free is a major concern after an earthquake. Remember, in the case of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake toilets will not be able to be used for several months at a minimum.

 

$12.00
Pocket Tissues

Pocket Tissues

Single travel packs of tissues, standard size for for personal hygiene. Let’s be honest: you are not going to be worried about blowing your nose. The main need for these will be to wipe yourself if you have to poop. Bathrooms will not be usable and you should expect toilet paper to be in short supply.

$0.35
Antibacterial wipes

Antibacterial Wipes

We recommend 5-10 of these, but at least a few. Antibacterial products should always be used sparingly, but after an earthquake there will be no running water. These wipes are intended for use in scenarios where there is risk of infection, such as cleaning hands after touching blood or other potentially infectious matter or prior to eating with your hands. Note that diarrheal diseases are a major concern after disasters.

$0.35
Body Wipes

Body Wipes

These wipes can be used to stay (relatively) clean and keep odors down if water is in short supply and bathing is not possible. We chose these for their strength and durability: they won’t tear, disintegrate, or come apart. Each wipe is 9″ by 7″, with 100% natural essential oils, including natural tea tree and eucalyptus oil that provide a spectrum of antimicrobial benefits and promote healthy skin. No parabens, sulfates, SLS, triclosan, or fragrances. Made in the USA.

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Tea Tree Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, and Coco Glucoside.

 

$0.75
Hand sanitizer for hygiene

Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizer

An effective way to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria and prevent illness, these 2 Oz keychain bottles of 75% alcohol hand sanitizer can be easily clipped to the outside of your emergency bag.

$2.50
KN95 Healthcare Mask

KN95 Disposable Healthcare Mask

Flat-fold, white, universal size.

Note: KN95s are Chinese masks that are not FDA approved.  Until U.S. masks are readily available at a reasonable price, we are substituting these, to be used as dust masks in a post-earthquake situation. They are also effective against diseases such as COVID 19.

$3.50

Warm and dry

Emergency Sleeping Bag

Emergency Sleeping Bag

Measuring roughly 3 feet by 6.5 feet, this mylar emergency sleep sack is waterproof, light, and retains up to 90% of your body heat. We tested one in mid-winter and were very pleased to find that it actually keeps you quite warm. This is bigger and much more effective than an emergency blanket, and if you think you might have to spend the night outside, go for this one. You can also increase warmth by including extra insulation – clothes, paper, leaves, etc.

$6.00
Emergency Blanket

Emergency Blanket

Foil mylar emergency blanket, waterproof, reflects up to 90% of body heat. Good for treating shock. 52″ by 84″, waterproof and weatherproof.

$3.00
Emergency poncho

Emergency Rain Poncho

Basic rain poncho with hood, one-size-fits-all, approximately 4 feet from wrist to wrist with arms outstretched, and about 3.5 feet from neck to waist. Square shape with holes for hands, this shape is good for protecting whatever you are wearing and a backpack in moderate rain, and can also be cut at the sides and used as a tarp or groundsheet.

$3.00
Emergency raincoat

Emergency Raincoat

An improved option to an emergency poncho, this raincoat is longer, with full sleeves, hood, and front snaps that make it easier to put on and take off, while packing almost as small. It’s thicker and more durable than the poncho, and it can be repacked and reused several times. Recommended.

$7.00

Communications and lighting

Emergency radio with hand crank

Emergency Radio & USB Charger

Our top choice for value and versatility, after testing several options and reading many reviews. FM, AM, and Weather channels and a rechargeable 2000 mAh lithium-ion battery that can be charged via an outlet, small solar panel, or hand crank. Additionally takes 3 AAA batteries as a second power source.

This radio can be used to charge your cell phones or any other USB-rechargeable device. With no electricity, radios will also be an important source of news and entertainment.

$30.00
Headlamp

Headlamp

After an earthquake, navigating through damaged buildings and crowded streets will be confusing. Having your hands free to carry any items you need, hold other people, or move things out of the way will be a big help. A headlamp is also nearly essential for two handed tasks like attending to wounds.  These basic headlamps take 3 AAA batteries and can flip down in order not to shine in other people’s faces. Consider buying extra batteries.

 

$8.00
Emergency headlamp and clip light

Emergency Headlamp/Clip Light

Headlamps are great for walking, but annoying in groups of people and uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. This handy magnetic USB Clip Light can be worn on your head with an adjustable strap (included) like a normal headlamp, or can also be simply clipped to your jacket or shirt to provide more comfortable hands-free lighting for simple tasks or around other people. It’s rechargeable with a USB connector (included) and can also be magnetically attached to any metal surface (fridge, car, etc.).

Can be recharged after a power loss with a cell phone charger or hand-crank radio.

$12.00
LED emergency string lights

Battery-Powered String Lights

16″ LED string lights (warm white) with 8 settings.  Takes 3 AA batteries.

For eating meals, socializing, night lights, or bathroom lighting, LED string lights produce a warm white light similar to candlelight, without the danger of candles in a water-limited environment. Tested at 80 hours of constant use with 3 AA batteries (2-3 months of dinners).

$7.00
energizer max batteries

Energizer Max batteries (4-pack, AA or AAA)

Don’t forget batteries! You will want to have at least enough to power any devices you purchase here, and an extra set or two is not a bad idea. Soon after a disaster batteries may be in short supply, and when they are available you will probably have to wait in line to get them. Batteries can also be used for trading.

Don’t rely on cheap batteries. Energizer Max batteries are top rated, zero mercury alkaline batteries with a 10 year life span and leakage protection for 2 years after fully used – which may be important as used batteries will be a major waste issue. Please note that if you put batteries in your devices, they are more likely to lose power in storage.

$2.00

Add-ons

Leatherman Wingman

Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool

For people who are looking for a good quality knife or cutting tool, the Leatherman Wingman is a beautifully designed multi-tool made by a great Portland company. We found this multi-too to be the best option we tested, based on craftsmanship, price, and utility. If you don’t want a multitool, make sure your emergency bag has a small cutting tool (knife, scissors) and a can opener.

Tools:

  1. Spring-action needlenose pliers
  2. Spring-action regular pliers
  3. Wire stripper
  4. 420HC Combo knife
  5. Spring action scissors
  6. Package opener
  7. Ruler
  8. Can opener
  9. Bottle opener
  10. Wood/metal file
  11. Phillips screwdriver
  12. Medium screwdriver
  13. Small screwdriver

 

$55.00
100 ft of Paracord

550 Paracord

Some kind of string, cord, or rope is often useful in an emergency situation. This 100% nylon paracord, also known as 550 Cord, is a commercial Type III cord with a minimum break strength of 550 lbs. Its kernmantle construction with an outer sheath and 7 inner strands is elastic and durable, made in the USA. 100 feet long. However, think about where you will be using your emergency bag. If you expect to be in a residential area, string and rope may be readily available, and your money may be better spent elsewhere. If you are likely to be on your own, this may be a more important item in your kit.

$10.00
Work gloves

Textured Palm Work Gloves

After any major disaster you can expect a big mess. In the case of an earthquake, there will be rubble to move and a lot of broken glass. Think about protecting your hands – especially since you won’t want to waste water on cleaning wounds. Leather work gloves are nice for moving debris, but are very difficult to use when writing things down, using radios or other devices, or digging things out of your backpack.  These are comfortable, form fitting, and are easy to use for tasks that require dexterity while having the protection you need in handling rough objects. One note of caution though: never use a synthetic glove for picking up burning or extremely hot items.

If your gloves do not fit properly, contact us to exchange them for a different size.

$3.50
Pry Bar

15 Inch Pry Bar

This steel, flat pry bar fits comfortably in your backpack, is not too heavy, and can be used to pry open a door or car door or lift a heavy object high enough to get fingers under. However, before adding this weight to your bag, think about how long you may have to walk with your bag on your back. Sometimes packing light is packing smart.

$6.00
safety glasses

Safety Glasses

These lightweight plastic glasses are easier to see through and breathe better than full safety goggles, which can fog up. They can be worn on their own, and have a lip along the brow to sit comfortably over prescription glasses. They also cling to the sides of your head so they don’t fall off when you lean over, which is important when doing paperwork or attending to injuries.

$4.00
4 in 1 tool

On Duty 4 in 1 Tool

This tool is used to turn off residential gas or water, or for prying open doors or windows.
Aluminum tool is 11″ tall x 5 1/2″ wide x 1″ depth, fits easily in a backpack, is light and non-sparking. However, think carefully about whether you would use this item in an emergency. If you are at your home, you could turn off your gas with simple shut-off tool (see below) and a proper pry-bar would be more efficient. This is primarily for portable professional use by firefighters and NETs who may have to deal with residential issues, including opening doors.

Also note that some user have complained that the tool is too bulky to use for some residential gas lines.

$18.00
Gas shut-off tool

Gas Shutoff Tool

Custom metal tool designed to turn off residential natural gas. Cut 9″ x 1.75″ out of flat steel, locally manufactured, with instructions sticker.

After an earthquake, immediately check the gas lines outside your house. Portland authorities say to turn it off only if you smell gas. If you don’t have a crescent/monkey wrench bigger than 10″, you need a tool like this one. Also consider one for your emergency bag – it takes up little space and could also be used to smash out a car window.

NW Natural Video: How to turn off residential gas

$7.00
Basic duct tape

Duct Tape

One roll of Duck brand utility duct tape, 10 yards, max temperature rating of 200 degrees. Recommended!

$5.00
Industrial strength duct tape

Max-Strength Industrial Duct Tape

The utility duct tape is perfectly suitable for most purposes, but we also offer Duck’s Max Strength Industrial Duct Tape, 2″ by 35 yards, 11mm thick. Duck’s Max Strength tape is highly rated and a top choice for heavy-duty and/or all-weather use. If you expect to have to carry your bag a lot, you probably don’t want the extra weight or need the extra length. If you want a kit for your workplace or a truck, boat, etc., or are anticipating needing it for repairs, this is the good stuff.

$10.00
Keychain whistles

Key Ring Whistles (2)

Two small, metal key-ring whistles.

To let people know where you are. Don’t underestimate the possibility of being trapped. One for your keychain, one for your kit. Recommended!

$1.00
Portland City Map

Laminated city map

Laminated city map of Portland and surrounding area. If you need to walk home, you won’t want to take the same route you drove, and many roads will be impassable. You may need to consult a map to navigate your way.

$9.00
Nutritional bar

Better Bars

Locally produced nutritional bars from Portland-based company. Vegan, no gluten, no dairy, no trans-fat, no soy, no nuts, non-gmo. These provide great, immediate short-term energy with no sugar high. Tried one yet? Delicious! From the website:

Unlike most nutritional bars The Better Bar is raw pressed, meaning that no additional heat or oxygen is used in the process of making our bars so nutrients aren’t lost. Raw pressed foods maintain the natural enzymes allowing your body to fully break down all of the nutrients, giving you natural and sustainable energy without the “crash”.  Read more at Eatabetterbar.com.

Eat them before they expire and replace with another or similar item. We also sell 10 packs in our store. We highly recommend adding additional snacks of your choice.

$3.00

Portland NET items*

Tactical backpack

Tactical Backpack

This rugged, versatile backpack comes in medium or large, to carry everything you need. It’s square shape makes it a bit less comfortable to carry long distances, but makes up for it in accessibility and organization.  2 separate internal compartments, one large with full zipper (3 sides) so it can be completely opened, which is great for finding items quickly. 2nd internal compartment also has long, 3/4 zipper, and there are two front pockets for smaller items. Comes with plenty of molle straps for clipping or attaching items. Fully adjustable shoulder straps.

Comes in two sizes: Medium, approx. 19″ x 10.5″ x 10.5″ and Large, approx. 21″ x 12″ x 12″.

$35.00$45.00
Trauma Kit

Trauma/First Aid Kit

Combination first aid and trauma kit for injuries that could include heavy bleeding. Comes with easy-to-read Instruction Sheet.

Our kits include ample first aid supplies, and are designed specifically for bleeding injuries in a mass casualty scenario such as a major earthquake or active shooter incident. An effective and easy-to-use SWAT-T tourniquet is included with instructions, and a SWAT-T Instructional Video can be found in the kit description.

This comprehensive, custom kit is highly recommended for both home kits and emergency bags. After testing numerous commercial kits that we found unsatisfactory or light on materials, we developed this one ourselves with help from local paramedics and military field specialists who train medics. Keep in mind that after a disaster, first aid supplies will be quickly consumed and you may have to attend to more serious injuries than you like because there won’t be any 911 service or ambulances for a while.

$50.00
Headlamp

Headlamp

After an earthquake, navigating through damaged buildings and crowded streets will be confusing. Having your hands free to carry any items you need, hold other people, or move things out of the way will be a big help. A headlamp is also nearly essential for two handed tasks like attending to wounds.  These basic headlamps take 3 AAA batteries and can flip down in order not to shine in other people’s faces. Consider buying extra batteries.

 

$8.00
Helmet Clips

Helmet clips

As a NET team member, you are going to find it convenient to have a light source on your helmet. With helmet clips, the band will stay on your helmet without sliding off.

$3.00
Emergency radio with hand crank

Emergency Radio & USB Charger

Our top choice for value and versatility, after testing several options and reading many reviews. FM, AM, and Weather channels and a rechargeable 2000 mAh lithium-ion battery that can be charged via an outlet, small solar panel, or hand crank. Additionally takes 3 AAA batteries as a second power source.

This radio can be used to charge your cell phones or any other USB-rechargeable device. With no electricity, radios will also be an important source of news and entertainment.

$30.00
KN95 Healthcare Mask

KN95 Disposable Healthcare Mask

Flat-fold, white, universal size.

Note: KN95s are Chinese masks that are not FDA approved.  Until U.S. masks are readily available at a reasonable price, we are substituting these, to be used as dust masks in a post-earthquake situation. They are also effective against diseases such as COVID 19.

$3.50
Basic duct tape

Duct Tape

One roll of Duck brand utility duct tape, 10 yards, max temperature rating of 200 degrees. Recommended!

$5.00
4 in 1 tool

On Duty 4 in 1 Tool

This tool is used to turn off residential gas or water, or for prying open doors or windows.
Aluminum tool is 11″ tall x 5 1/2″ wide x 1″ depth, fits easily in a backpack, is light and non-sparking. However, think carefully about whether you would use this item in an emergency. If you are at your home, you could turn off your gas with simple shut-off tool (see below) and a proper pry-bar would be more efficient. This is primarily for portable professional use by firefighters and NETs who may have to deal with residential issues, including opening doors.

Also note that some user have complained that the tool is too bulky to use for some residential gas lines.

$18.00
safety glasses

Safety Glasses

These lightweight plastic glasses are easier to see through and breathe better than full safety goggles, which can fog up. They can be worn on their own, and have a lip along the brow to sit comfortably over prescription glasses. They also cling to the sides of your head so they don’t fall off when you lean over, which is important when doing paperwork or attending to injuries.

$4.00
Pry Bar

15 Inch Pry Bar

This steel, flat pry bar fits comfortably in your backpack, is not too heavy, and can be used to pry open a door or car door or lift a heavy object high enough to get fingers under. However, before adding this weight to your bag, think about how long you may have to walk with your bag on your back. Sometimes packing light is packing smart.

$6.00
Knee Pads

Knee Pads

Knee pads make your life a lot more comfortable if you are tending to injured people, crawling in tight spaces, or other work that requires kneeling. However, as a NET/CERT you may not end up wearing these very often. We recommend these soft-cap knee pads, which are light, inexpensive, take up little space in your bag, and are easy to slip on and off when needed. Hard cap and gel cap knee pads are more comfortable for people who anticipate spending a lot of time on their knees, but they can be difficult to balance on and can make movements more clumsy. Also, bulkier pads can restrict motion and have a greater tendency to slide down when you walk.

$9.00
Work gloves

Textured Palm Work Gloves

After any major disaster you can expect a big mess. In the case of an earthquake, there will be rubble to move and a lot of broken glass. Think about protecting your hands – especially since you won’t want to waste water on cleaning wounds. Leather work gloves are nice for moving debris, but are very difficult to use when writing things down, using radios or other devices, or digging things out of your backpack.  These are comfortable, form fitting, and are easy to use for tasks that require dexterity while having the protection you need in handling rough objects. One note of caution though: never use a synthetic glove for picking up burning or extremely hot items.

If your gloves do not fit properly, contact us to exchange them for a different size.

$3.50
Leatherman Wingman

Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool

For people who are looking for a good quality knife or cutting tool, the Leatherman Wingman is a beautifully designed multi-tool made by a great Portland company. We found this multi-too to be the best option we tested, based on craftsmanship, price, and utility. If you don’t want a multitool, make sure your emergency bag has a small cutting tool (knife, scissors) and a can opener.

Tools:

  1. Spring-action needlenose pliers
  2. Spring-action regular pliers
  3. Wire stripper
  4. 420HC Combo knife
  5. Spring action scissors
  6. Package opener
  7. Ruler
  8. Can opener
  9. Bottle opener
  10. Wood/metal file
  11. Phillips screwdriver
  12. Medium screwdriver
  13. Small screwdriver

 

$55.00
100 ft of Paracord

550 Paracord

Some kind of string, cord, or rope is often useful in an emergency situation. This 100% nylon paracord, also known as 550 Cord, is a commercial Type III cord with a minimum break strength of 550 lbs. Its kernmantle construction with an outer sheath and 7 inner strands is elastic and durable, made in the USA. 100 feet long. However, think about where you will be using your emergency bag. If you expect to be in a residential area, string and rope may be readily available, and your money may be better spent elsewhere. If you are likely to be on your own, this may be a more important item in your kit.

$10.00
Emergency Blanket

Emergency Blanket

Foil mylar emergency blanket, waterproof, reflects up to 90% of body heat. Good for treating shock. 52″ by 84″, waterproof and weatherproof.

$3.00
Keychain whistles

Key Ring Whistles (2)

Two small, metal key-ring whistles.

To let people know where you are. Don’t underestimate the possibility of being trapped. One for your keychain, one for your kit. Recommended!

$1.00
Nutritional bar

Better Bars

Locally produced nutritional bars from Portland-based company. Vegan, no gluten, no dairy, no trans-fat, no soy, no nuts, non-gmo. These provide great, immediate short-term energy with no sugar high. Tried one yet? Delicious! From the website:

Unlike most nutritional bars The Better Bar is raw pressed, meaning that no additional heat or oxygen is used in the process of making our bars so nutrients aren’t lost. Raw pressed foods maintain the natural enzymes allowing your body to fully break down all of the nutrients, giving you natural and sustainable energy without the “crash”.  Read more at Eatabetterbar.com.

Eat them before they expire and replace with another or similar item. We also sell 10 packs in our store. We highly recommend adding additional snacks of your choice.

$3.00
energizer max batteries

Energizer Max batteries (4-pack, AA or AAA)

Don’t forget batteries! You will want to have at least enough to power any devices you purchase here, and an extra set or two is not a bad idea. Soon after a disaster batteries may be in short supply, and when they are available you will probably have to wait in line to get them. Batteries can also be used for trading.

Don’t rely on cheap batteries. Energizer Max batteries are top rated, zero mercury alkaline batteries with a 10 year life span and leakage protection for 2 years after fully used – which may be important as used batteries will be a major waste issue. Please note that if you put batteries in your devices, they are more likely to lose power in storage.

$2.00

* Items required by Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) training program. NETs are neighborhood volunteers who are deployed after a disaster (such as an earthquake) to provide immediate assistance to neighbors, and to radio status information back to PBEM. Besides being first responders, NETs are PBEM’s eyes and ears on the ground and will be responsible for providing it with real-time information necessary for resource allocation and decision-making. Portland’s NET program is one of the largest community response team (CERT) programs in the country, and it is open to anyone, free, rewarding, and important. Consider joining, or learn more at PBEM NET website.
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